23 homes still lack power in Mountain View

Most PG&E customers got Christmas lights back by 11 p.m. after major outage

Equipment failures in two underground transformers -- not a car hitting a power pole -- caused the big Christmas Eve power outage in Mountain View, PG&E reported this morning as crews struggled to get power back to a final 23 customers.

PG&E spokesperson Jana Morris said it was apparently a wrong computer entry that listed the cause of the outage as a car hitting a pole, knocking out power initially to 2,974 homes.

Full restoration should be later this morning, she said.

Crews were able to restore power to all but 1,260 customers by 8 p.m., a PG&E spokesperson reported. By 11 p.m. power was restored to all but 52 customers, and more were added during the night, Morris said.

The power failed at about 4:15 p.m.


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Posted by mv resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Well, it's been almost 2 hours. I really hope they get the power back on soon because I'm running out of candles! Also, I hope they update the article and let us know where on el camino the accident occurred and if the people inside the car are alright.

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Posted by mv resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 24, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Does anyone have an update on when the power is going to come back on? 3 hours later and MV voice has yet to post anything about the outage.. this is the only information online so far.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 24, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Not much help I'm afraid, but here's what I found out. Web Link
I hope that the Christmas Spirit is alive in Mountain View with neighbors helping out neighbors. I trust that this Christmas may bring happier memories than losing power to all in Mountain View.

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